Ancient Egyptian Faience Wedjat Amulet

$342.09

An Egyptian, polychromatic, glazed, faience amulet depicting a wedjat eye, or Eye of Horus. The eye itself features an almond-shaped exterior, in black faience, extending outwards, with a solid black circular iris to the centre. A horizontal, linear black line indicates the eyebrow, which extends across the top edge of the amulet. The cheek marking is a vertical rectangular protrusion. The final linear elongation extends from the corner of the eye diagonally and ends in a slight curl. The amulet combines elements of both human and falcon ocular imagery. The back is flat and undecorated. The amulet is pierced lengthwise for suspension.

Date: Circa 1069-30 BC
Period: Third Intermediate Period - Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: From an English collection (A.B), 1930s-1940s
Condition: Fine Condition. Encrustation, minor chips and cavities to the surface. Turquoise glaze has largely faded.

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The wedjat, as the Eye of Horus, is one of the most popular amulets of ancient Egypt. The amulet combines elements of both human and falcon ocular imagery, as Horus was often depicted as a falcon. Its name comes from the ancient Egyptian ‘wḏꜣt’, meaning “the one that is complete”. The wedjat was higely apotropaic and associated with a number of Egytian myths. The eye depicted could be either left or right, representing different imagery. Horus’ left eye was the sun and the right eye was considered the moon. In one creation myth, Horus’ eye was injured or stolen by the god Seth and then restored by Thoth. Hence the wedjat eye was thought to possess healing power and symbolise regeneration. This healing and regenerative association is further enhanced by the properties of the lunar eye of Horus. As it waxes and wanes like the moon it is thought to bring health and safety to its wearer. In another myth, Horus presents his healed eye to his father Osiris, to help him pass safely into his afterlife. Hence wedjat eye amulets were commonly placed within mummy wrappings to help the dead to help them pass safely into the afterlife. The green coloured glaze of the amulet is also associated with fertility and rebirth in the Osirian context. Green and blue-green were the most common colours for wedjat eyes.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 2.89 g
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 2 cm
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Egyptian Mythology

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Reference: For a similar item: Liverpool World Museum, UK, item 44.19.45

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